February 5, 1925 from an Olney Newspaper
Cross Roads Schoolhouse Cases Settled
Nitroglycerin Explosion in 1921 Cost Lives of Teacher and Seven Pupils.
The suits of parents and guardians of the seven children who lost their lives in the nitroglycerine explosion at Cross Roads schoolhouse February 7, 1921 against the American Glycerine Company for damages has been settled. Monday afternoon the defendant’s attorneys and the attorneys for the plaintiffs reached an agreement that damages in the sum of $2500 should be paid in each case after the defendants went before the court with their confession. Judge Miller accepted the agreement and entered judgment for the above sums and assessed the cost of the cases to the American Glycerine Company.
It was four years ago that the explosion at Cross Roads schoolhouse, 2 miles west of the city, occurred. A presumably empty nitroglycerin can had been found by some of the pupils at the school and in some manner was discharged, killing seven children and the teacher, Emmett Bunyan.
Parents of the children and the widow of Mr. Bunyan brought suit against the American Glycerine Company, alleging negligence in permitting the can to be where it might be found by the children. The suit of Mrs. Bunyan was first tried and resulted in a verdict of $8000 for the plaintiff, which was later affirmed on appeal.
Ed Note: For more about the accident see ‘Readin,’Ritin’, and ‘Rithmetic, the Early Schools of Lawrence County, Illinois book. You can order it here .